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Soup Luncheon with Dr. Mitri Raheb

Class of 2011- Three Year Reunion

Tri-State Forum

"Journeying with Jesus" (Revival)

160th WTS Commencement

May 18, 2014

Women of the ELCA Bible Study

Hispanic Ministry Summer Term

Emotional Intelligence Workshop

Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS)

Luther Academy of the Rockies

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Wartburg Theological Seminary serves Christ's church through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning.
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The Sending of Gifted Leaders - Regional Assignments 
On February 19, the ELCA Regional Assignment Consultation gathered Bishops and Regional Coordinators representing the 9 regions of the ELCA, ELCA Candidacy and Assignment staff, and representatives from the ELCA seminaries to prayerfully and joyfully assign students approved for the Word and Sacrament and Word and Service rosters. Rev. Amy Current, Dean for Vocation at Wartburg Seminary, said of the process, "The consultations are holy times where the needs of the church and the gifts of the candidates are prayerfully considered together before each candidate is assigned by name."  Wartburg Theological Seminary had 27 candidates assigned in this round with candidates being sent to serve in Regions 1-6.  The candidates are now hearing from synodical bishops and are eager to begin the call process. 
WTS Students Receive Internship Assignments
On Wednesday, March 12, intern assignments, as recommended by the Internship Task Force, were approved by Wartburg Seminary's faculty.

Wartburg Seminary's interns for 2014-2015 will be serving in 5 of the ELCA's 9 regions and in 13 of the ELCA's 65 synods; one WTS intern received a Horizon International Internship and will be serving in Monrovia, Liberia.  Of the 23 United States supervisors, 13 are WTS alums!


Wartburg Seminary Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Author and Theologian
March 31, 2014
Wartburg Theological Seminary welcomes internationally acclaimed author and theologian, Dr. Mitri Raheb, to speak at its campus on Monday, March 31st, at 12:35 p.m. in Weiblen Commons. Dr. Raheb will join the Wartburg community for a soup luncheon and presentation.

Dr. Raheb is the President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He is also the Senior Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. Click here to learn more.

"Journeying with Jesus," a Revival, to be Held at WTS
April 30, 2014
In partnership with the ELCA Prayer/Renewal/Revival Team, Wartburg Theological Seminary will host "Journeying with Jesus," a revival, on April 30th. Workshops will be offered on the Wartburg campus during the afternoon; a soup supper will be available that evening, with a revival service to follow. The revival will be led by a team of six individuals from many parts of the ELCA: Rev. Brenda Irving, Mr. Doug Haugen, Rev. Elise Brown, Rev. Larry Clark, Rev. Glen Vanderkloot, and Rev. Brenda Smith. Dr. Craig Nessan,
Academic Dean of Wartburg Theological Seminary, says of this revival event, "'Journeying with Jesus' will be an opportunity for us to gather together, to pray that God's spirit come upon us, to renew us in our faith, both in our personal faith and in our life together as a church." Click here to learn more about the revival.

There is also a guide to 40 Days of Prayer leading up to the April 30th revival. We invite you to pray according to the daily focus, beginning on March 22nd. Click here to view the prayer guide.

Why Wartburg?
D. Patti Meyer is a Year 4 Master of Divinity student at Wartburg Seminary. This May, Patti will graduate from Wartburg. As she prepares to be sent out to serve the people of God, she says, "I am excited to claim being a pastor who is shaped and formed by Wartburg and all it has to offer. I feel prepared through my seminary training to shepherd a congregation, and to walk with them and help them identify where and how God intersects with them in their daily living."

Click here to read Patti's call story and how this native Iowan found herself returning to Iowa and on a path that led to seminary.



Tri-State Forum 
April 24, 2014
Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Schattauer, Professor of Liturgics and Dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary, will speak at the April 24th Tri-State Forum on "The Way It Works: Christian Worship as Symbolic Discourse." The forum will address three main areas: "Liturgy as Ritual Symbol," "Participation," and "Body of Witness." Please click here to learn more about this lecture or to register.
WELCA 2014
Women of the ELCA Bible Study  
May 21-22, 2014
This annual seminar held at Wartburg Seminary is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the September through May study for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year's speaker, Carol Schersten LaHurd, will speak on the theme "Transforming Life and Faith." Click here to learn more or to register.


Thrivent Choice Dollars
Thank you to those of you who direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to Wartburg Theological Seminary!  If you haven't already directed your 2013 dollars, please note that they must be directed by March 31, 2014.  To learn more and/or direct Choice Dollars, go to www.thrivent.com/choice or call (800) THRIVENT ((800) 847-4836) and state "Thrivent Choice."  Thank you for your ongoing support of the mission of Wartburg Theological Seminary through the Thrivent Choice program! 


The Running Reformers - Basketball and Ministry
This fall and winter season saw the return of Wartburg Seminary's recreational basketball team, the Running Reformers. The 2013-14 team consisted of ten WTS students: eight men and two women (this is the first year women have played with the team); two faculty members (Dr. Craig Nessan and Dr. Troy Troftgruben); and two non-Wartburgers from the Dubuque community. The team played in a league through the City of Dubuque Recreation Department and competed in one game per week from October to February. On February 28th of this year, members of the team travelled to Anamosa State Penitentiary (Anamosa, IA) to compete against an inmate team there. This was the second year in a row Wartburg sent a team to play at the state penitentiary.


Steven Lindley, a Year 2 M.Div. student at WTS, who was pivotal in organizing the Running Reformers game at the state penitentiary both this year and last year, said of the team's experience playing at Anamosa the past two seasons, "Participating in this experience at Anamosa was an opportunity for us to enter into a world that we are unfamiliar with; even a little uncomfortable with, and to be open to the experience and authentic to who we are. Although we lead very different lives, basketball provides a bridge between our lives and the lives of the inmates. Once we step on the court and the ball goes up, all of our differences fade away, and we are just a bunch of people competing at a game that we love to play. It is my hope that the individuals that I competed with, and competed against, all experienced this same sense of joy and fellowship."


Wartburg Hispanic Ministry Summer Term
May 25 - July 2, 2014 at LSPS in Austin, Texas
The Hispanic Ministry Summer Term at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is designed for ELCA seminary students to develop leadership skills in Hispanic Ministry and build a network of colleagues who share this commitment. The first week involves students in the LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive. Weeks 2 through 6 consist of a weekly seminar with Prof. Jay Alanis and several outstanding guest instructors and contextual education in teaching parishes where students engage in Hispanic ministry under the guidance of supervising pastors. Wartburg Theological Seminary will grant 6 Master of Divinity credits to students successfully completing the course, which are transferable to the student's seminary. For more information click here.


Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS)
June 15-21, 2014
Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS) continues for its 15th year this upcoming summer! High school students from across the country will gather on Wartburg's campus to worship, study, lead, and partake in adventure. Led and guided by Wartburg's students and faculty, this event will help high school students look at their gifts for leadership and explore who God has created them to be. Click here to learn more.
Luther Academy of the Rockies
June 23-July 3, 2014
We invite you to join us in the beautiful Colorado mountains for Luther Academy of the Rockies, Wartburg Theological Seminary's premier LifeLong Learning educational program for rostered leaders and their families. The daily rhythm of worship, mornings filled with insightful scholarly lectures and forums, afternoon free time to explore the incredible scenery, and evening fellowship opportunities will structure our time together. Meeker Park Lodge, where the Academy is held, is an old time, rustic, mountain lodge surrounded by housekeeping cabins; its natural setting lends itself well to outdoor recreation and relaxation, as well as spiritual and intellectual renewal. Learn More.